Published June 1, 1947
A model lounges diagonally across the frame of this image. She wears a V-neck rayon and cotton satin twill maillot with a matching webbed belt. Her relatively small shadow alludes to a full midday sun, which makes this work feel equal parts oppressed and relaxed. The photograph, a Vogue outtake, was taken by John Rawlings.
John Rawlings (1912 – 1970) single-handedly gave commercial fashion photography a sharp artistic focus. He transformed it into a medium brimming with color, light and fascinating composition. Rawlings created over 200 magazine covers for Conde-Nast. When his work for “Vogue” and “Glamour” hit the stands, sales and respect for fashion photography skyrocketed.